All news at a glance – news archive of the Cluster of Excellence

Research results, workshops, conferences, lectures, cultural projects and current research-based statements: you can find all news published online by the Cluster in chronological order here. In addition, information sent to the national and international media is provided in the press releases section.

Religion and Modernity: an International Comparison

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A fundamental work on the role of religion in modern societies by sociologists Detlef Pollack and Gergely Rosta from Münster University’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” has now been published in English by Oxford University Press under the title of “Religion and Modernity: An International Comparison”.

More than 1,000 Ancient Sealings Discovered

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Classical scholars from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of the University of Münster discovered a large number of sealings in south-east Turkey. This group of artefacts comprising more than 1,000 pieces from the municipal archive of the ancient city of Doliche gives many insights into the local Graeco-Roman pantheon – from Zeus to Hera to Iuppiter Dolichenus, who turned into one of the most important Roman deities from this site.

“God Beyond Boundaries”

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“God Beyond Boundaries”, written by the Religious Studies Scholar and Theologian Perry Schmidt-Leukel of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, deals with the essential features and benefits of a pluralist approach in the theology of religions.

“European Muslims perceive the EU more positively than other Europeans”

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According to a study of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, Muslims in Europe have a more positive view of the European Union (EU) compared to all other groups of the European population. “On average, Muslims have a higher level of trust in EU institutions than members of other religious or non-religious groups such as Christians and those unaffiliated with any religion,” says political scientist Prof. Dr. Bernd Schlipphak.

New Video: Interreligious Theology

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In a new episode of the video series, “Research Projects in Focus” scholar of Religious Studies Prof. Schmidt-Leukel gives insight into his research project “Interreligious Theology” at the Cluster of Excellence. The scholar examines what the world religions think of each other and how they explain that there are more religious traditions other than their own. Never before has mankind been more aware of how many religions there are than today. This harbours a great potential for conflicts, says the scholar. If the religions manage, however, to come closer together, this has great potential for peace.

“Contemporary History of Religions“

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In the first episode of the new video series “Research Projects in Focus“ contemporary historian Prof. Dr. Thomas Großbölting gives insight into his research project “Contemporary History of Religions” at the Cluster of Excellence. The scholar analyses how religion has stirred people in recent German history and looks at the decades since the Second World War in particular.

“The Construction of Time in Antiquity”

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Time has always held a fascination for human beings, who have attempted to relate to it and to make sense of it, constructing and deconstructing it through its various prisms, since time cannot be experienced in an unmediated way.

The Monograph “Culture of Ambiguity” in Arabic

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The widely acclaimed monograph “The Culture of Ambiguity” by the Arabist and Leibniz prize winner Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer of the Excellence Cluster “Religion and Politics” of the University of Münster has been recently translated into Arabic.

Interreligious Theology internationally discussed

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The new theories of religious diversity of the scholar of religious studies Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” attract interest from researchers in China. The Minzu University of China in Beijing has invited the scholar to present his fractal interpretation of religious diversity and to discuss it together with Chinese scholars.

Chinese Translation of „Transformation by Integration“

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The monograph “Transformation by Integration” by the scholar of religious studies and theologian Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” has been published in Chinese translation by the Religious Culture Publishing House, Beijing.

Burqa Bans in European Democracies

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Political scientist Dr. Ulrike Spohn spoke on burqa bans and their rationales. In a working paper published on the website of WWU’s Centre for Religion and Modernity (Centrum für Religion und Moderne, CRM), she discusses the problematic nature of legal burqa bans in the context of European democracies.

Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” makes it to the next stage

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The German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) has invited the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” to submit a full proposal for a new funding period starting in 2019. The speaker of the Cluster of Excellence, sociologist of religion Prof. Dr. Detlef Pollack, stated: “We are pleased that we may elaborate the new research programme that we have developed in our draft proposal under the title ‘Religion and Politics. Dynamics of Tradition and Innovation’.”

Dialogues on Peace 2017

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The city of Münster has now presented the programme of this year's “Dialogues on Peace” (Dialoge zum Frieden).
In the Reformation Year 2017, the series draws on the historical episode of the Anabaptists and deals with the causes of religiously motivated violence. Hans Blumenberg Visiting Professor at the Cluster of Excellence Prof. Dr. Thomas Hauschild will discuss the subject “Identity. Fundamentalism. Violence – the radicalisation of religious movements” on 5 October.

“Religious politics neglected”

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In the radio programme “Tag für Tag” (Day by Day) of Deutschlandfunk, scholar of religious studies Prof. Dr. Ulrich Willems talked about the relevance of religious political topics in the Bundestag elections campaigns. The scholar from the Cluster of Excellence argued that in recent years, the parties markedly neglected religious political issues.

Religious Transformation in Late Antiquity

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The expropriation and destruction of synagogues in late antiquity are in the focus of an international workshop of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” from 14 to 17 September, organized by historian Prof. Dr. Johannes Hahn.

New psychological research

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The field of psychology will broaden social science research at the Cluster “Religion and Politics” of the WWU. Two new research projects of psychologist Prof. Dr. Mitja Back of the WWU examine the influences of religion on the attitude towards foreigners and refugees.

Fellowship for byzantinist Michael Grünbart

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In the summer semester of 2017, byzantinist Prof. Dr. Michael Grünbart of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of the WWU has conducted research as a fellow at the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities “Fate, Freedom and Prognostication. Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe” (IKGF) at the University Erlangen

„Visual and Material in Jewish Culture“

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The significance of images in Jewish culture in medieval and early modern times is the subject of an international workshop of the Institute for Jewish Studies and the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of Münster University.

When People Hear Voices from Beyond

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Not just material for fantasy films: according to research findings, people have been concerned with “voices from the beyond” since antiquity until today in various works of art as well as life contexts. In a novel research project, researchers from various subjects at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” analysed the medium of the “voice” in Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and other religions.

“This trialogue is a novelty”

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Researchers from all over the world will come together in Münster next week for the first theological trialogue ever between Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. At the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of the Münster University, they will compare the central beliefs of the three world religions and discuss their significance for society, as announced by Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel of the Cluster of Excellence, scholar of religious studies and Anglican theology.

“Buddhism is not a pop religion”

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The scholar of religious studies and Anglican theologian Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel of the Cluster of Excellence presents a comprehensive introduction to the history and the present of Buddhism. Therein, he refutes numerous Western clichés about Buddhism and rectifies the image of a religion as a “as a psychology of wisdom”.

“Disenchantment” of the Bible and the Koran

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At the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, church historian Prof. Dr. Thomas Kaufmann and scholar of Arabic Studies Prof. Dr. Angelika Neuwirth discussed how Christians and Muslims deal with the Bible and the Koran. Following an invitation from the German Academy for Language and Literature (Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung) and the Cluster of Excellence, they talked in Münster about the significance, interpretation and translation of these texts and about the different opinions that existed and exist thereof in the religions in the past and the present.

Progress in Moral Philosophy

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The new publication, co-edited by philosopher Dr. Matthias Hoesch of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, contains translations of essential texts by the philosopher Derek Parfit (1942-2017).

Sigmund Freud Prize for Biography on Maria Theresa

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Historian Prof. Dr. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” receives the Sigmund Freud Prize for Academic Prose (Sigmund-Freud-Preis für wissenschaftliche Prosa) 2017 from the German Academy for Language and Literature (Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung).

Scholars of Religious Studies Establish “European Academy of Religion”

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Some 1,000 scholars of religious studies from Europe and the neighbouring countries will get together in Bologna, Italy on Sunday for the first conference of the newly-founded European Academy of Religion (EuARe). The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, which was involved in the foundation, will present research findings on the increase in religious pluralism in Europe at the interdisciplinary conference which will be held from 18 to 22 June.

Religion in Post-war Literature

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The habitation thesis of literary scholar Dr. Christian Sieg from WWU’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” addresses the function of religion in the staging of political authorship. The monograph “Die ‘engagierte Literatur’ und die Religion. Politische Autorschaft im literarischen Feld zwischen 1945 und 1990” (‘Committed literature’ and religion. Political authorship in the field of literature between 1945 and 1990), as it is titled, was recently published by De Gruyter.

Can people live without religion?

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Whether the existence of religions is inevitable, is a question asked by the new “Hans Blumenberg Visiting Professor” Prof. Dr. Thomas Hauschild in a public lecture series at the University of Münster's Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”. In the lectures starting on Monday, June 26, the renowned social and cultural anthropologist will examine whether human collectives can ultimately live without religion.

Synagogues in antiquity

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An interdisciplinary conference of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” of Münster University focuses on Jewish synagogues in the Hellenistic-Roman period and on the methods of their exploration.

„Prayer and Power“

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The God’s wives of Amun in the 1st mill. BC are in the focus of a recent publication, edited by Egyptologists Meike Becker, Anke Ilona Blöbaum and Angelika Lohwasser, members of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

Buddhist-Christian Relations in Asia

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The relations between Buddhists and Christians in Asian countries shaped by Buddhism are at the center of a new publication edited by Professor Perry Schmidt-Leukel, a religious studies scholar and Anglican theologian working in the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”. The volume has just been published by EOS Editions as “Buddhist-Christian Relations in Asia”.